Western Technical College announces passing of vice president

Western Technical College President Roger Stanford announced the passing of their Vice President of Academics.

Cherrie Bergandi, 57, was visiting family in Atlanta when she experienced a medical emergency Sunday. She passed away at a local hospital in Georgia.

Bergandi joined Western in August of 2017. She was Dean of General Education at Chippewa Valley Technical College prior moving to La Crosse from Eau Claire with her husband, Chaz.

“I worked with Cherrie for 12 years at CVTC, before she came to Western.” said Stanford. “She was a talented leader and a close personal friend of mine. To say she will be missed is an understatement.

“Once we work through the initial shock of the situation, we will begin to deal with the implications for the college,” continued Stanford.